Sayeh Hassan graduated from law school at the University of Ottawa in 2006 and was called to the Bar in 2007. She articled with Walter Fox & Associates, a boutique criminal defence firm in Toronto, where she was hired on as an associate and continued her criminal defence career for 13 years, before joining the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
Sayeh has experience in all levels of court in Ontario where she has conducted countless bail hearings, preliminary hearings, guilty pleas, Charter applications and trials. She also has experience as a per-diem Crown prosecutor in bail court.
Sayeh is passionate about civil liberties and access to justice and has been published widely on criminal law issues impacting the socioeconomically disadvantaged and marginalized individuals in society. She has testified before the Parliamentary Committee for Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-75, focusing her submissions on the impact of the elimination of preliminary hearings on marginalized individuals. She recently published her first book “A Practitioner’s Guide To Preparing and Presenting Bail Hearings” a step by step guide on conducting successful bail hearings, bail reviews and bail pending appeals.
In her spare time Sayeh is heavily involved with mentorship programs in the legal community including Law Practice Program Mentorship Program and the First-Generation Mentorship Program. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Lawyer’s Association and volunteers in the community through the Ontario Justice Education Network, where she speaks to at risk youth about Charter Rights and the Ontario Human Rights Act.